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Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

@ oldschool , I read your post and I agree with 99% of it ! The 1% was I didn't mean to come off a bashing . Just saying my somewhat difficult position . Infact many of your points my dad had said those to me to while I was on the road haha. I didn't think to unload and go Spartan for a while as it certainly would have saved the losses of some valuables I had in the truck . Yikes it sucks to think about it ...But what was had once can be had again. :)

I agree that I normally I should have waited and in fact I had planned to , I was actually scheduled to start GFS in September but again circumstances were urgent . My grandmother who was looking after my 2 baby sisters is sick and I had to get them . I'd imagine it's next to impossible to look after them while Otr .

@ Brett ! Thanks it's always a pleasure to be around ! And I didn't know you did any work similar to food service . You really have been around the block huh ? Lol!

The choice of Gordon Food Service was by my design , albeit not this early . I realize the work will be challenging and physical , but that's what I'm looking for. Otr was definitely not kind to my body . Some peoples bodies are just built to move and I believe mine is one of them. During my time in Otr I devoloped body aches and general feeling of brittleness. I detest that feeling as I was always active and played sports so coming from that to feeling brittle definitely sucks haha. Hopefully will go away and I return back to normal within a few months of the food service work.

I'm sure I'd be eligible for rehire. But I really doubt I'd want to go back Otr. After 10 months and all 4 seasons I don't think it is for me haha. Also while being Otr I realized that if never finish my engineering degree . Otr was more or less just a tool for me to build experience afor a food service or a local gig and save some money for school. So within the parameters that I set , I'd say the time Otr while brief was a general success .

My focus now is my sisters and my degree . And the schedule at GFS And being home everyday definitely helps with that .

Thanks to the guys for all the support. Don't get the wrong idea , even though I'm not Otr I'm still sticking around the community !

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

Yeah I had that idea so I got back on the phone with the head man and we came to an agreement that I could go back in my personal vehicle and get my stuff . And of course it counts as a turned it truck . So I don't get an abandoned truck on my record . At This point I'm just focused on my next opportunity with Gordon Food Service which will be a huge upgrade for me . (Yes I'm one of the wierd guys who likes the physicality of food service jobs haha)

Thanks guys

My two cents. If not already done. Call someone at Swift and ask "Where do we stand with each other?" Explain that you have no problems with Swift and you are not trying to burn bridges. Ask them what procedure they want you to use to get your stuff. Explain that you are still with their equipment and still have Swifts best interests in mind. If they are considering this truck being in the shop as you properly turning the equipment in, all you want to do is get your stuff. Tell them you also want an opportunity to give it a quick cleaning as you are not one to leave a mess behind any job.

I hope this makes sense and can be of some help. Good luck. Keep us posted. Just always be nice. Stand up and smile while on the phone. It makes a difference. Pretend you are trying to work out a difference with your best friend. Also stay in contact with your new company.

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

Lol you would think that I did something horrible to the company . With the way they are acting . But the boss man himself told me it was just "business" and they can't spend money on someone who technically doesn't work there anymore . And when I leave they have to do standard procedure . I understand that part but damn at least let me come back and get all my stuff.

Wow. I don't know what to say. I'm not accusing you of anything, but there has to be something missing from the story. I hope it all works out for you. Good Luck

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

Hello to all my old friends who decided to pop in!! Good to see all of you are doing great!

UPDATE: Got load back home but missed it due to truck being broke down. DEF issues and doser assembly malfunction . Wont be ready till Wed . Because I put my two notice in and my last day fell on Fri. Swift Refuses to pay for my hotel until then , or bus fare back home. The told me "you should have driven back to atlanta when you had the chance " Meaning i should have just done it without the ok i presume , and once you quit the company we aren't spending any money on you anymore". They even told the shop here H&H to not let me back in my truck to get my stuff after today. Another issue is we all know that our trucks is our homes, so I can't possibly grab all of my belongings with just my one travel bag that i have in my truck. Asked about how am i supposed to get all my stuff with just my two hands and my travel bag? they said not their problem figure it out...

I mean.... Damn..... they are treating my like i abandoned their truck and its my fault that it broke down. It seems Swift is acting like a spiteful ex spouse who is trying to get me in anyway they can at the moment . I always been a top notch employee and person to them so i know i don't deserve this.

I don't know trucking truth family , but this is definitely something ill never forget. Send prayers my way.

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

Well admittedly I might be spoiled when it comes to going back to atl when I want because I've never been late getting back not once . My dispatcher has always had superior planning , plus there is a terminal there . Also , I have been one of the few drivers who never had to sit a day in his life ... Well until 2 days ago that is .

I have spoken with my new company and he says it's fine .

And when I've spoken with swift it's been the same kind demeanor that I've always had .

Oh here's a new wrinkle. I have to be towed to a shop because my truck won't regen properly . I'll keep updates with what's happening .

I'm just afraid of sitting for more days ...

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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What should I do ? Swift has me stuck and giving me the run around

Hey guys I work for swift , or at least I used to. Due to some family issues I had to quit and take a local job . Even though I had the chance to just quit and leave while I was on my hometime in Atlanta , I didn't . I decided to do things the right way and I put my 2 week notice in and even went back Otr as normal during my 2 weeks. Big mistake. Because now the company has me stuck here in South Carolina for 2 days and now all of the sudden they can't "find a load for me to get back " and "it's not their responsibility to get back home on time ". The issue is not so much as my dispatcher who I have had a great and productive relationship with , it is the supervisor who is making things difficult from trying to save dollars on empty miles driven . I now feel angry because I have always treated my dispatcher and supervisor with respect and did countless favors for them including working during my last 2 weeks when THEY ASKED ME TO. I feel like I'm getting burned really bad because I'm not sure if I'll make it back on time to start my new job . What do I need/should I do ?

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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45/90 sight side angle backing, how do you pros do it?

Hey thanks guys I will do all the things you guys suggest. You guys never come up short when I ask for advice haha.

To the guy at Stevens who got the preventable I'm sorry to hear . I have a similar story while with my mentor I dented a trailer pretty good and swift found out but they have it on record,as a tier 2 crash but they never put it on my mvr ! Hmm makes me wonder if it's on my dac.....

But what error said is true I see guys bump trailers all the time in granny gear and no damage ....

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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45/90 sight side angle backing, how do you pros do it?

Hey guys , some of you already know me but for the ones that don't , I've bend driving for 7 months exactly now. Now that being said I feel like I have a decent understanding on the basics of how to back a truck, however I am not content with this and I really like to polish my backing skills, particularly my 45/90 degree backing skills. Now before I go on let me say this :

in my 7 months of driving experience I have never angle backed my truck into a tight parking spot (think loves ,ta,pilot past 5pm) At Night solo. I have did it a few times with my mentor and the help of a few friendly trucker spotters , but never attempted solo. This is because I feel my skills are not where the need to be and it is an uneccesary risk if I don't feel confident. You might ask well how the heck do you park at night? Let's just say I'm creative ;)

I practice angle backing any chance i get in parking lots where I have 2 spots open so I'm sure i don't hit anything. During these practice sessions I break out my little cones I bought and let's just say while I don't kill them every time , I kill them often enough to where I feel it is risky to angle back . Also I get out and look a gazillion times and still kill them. I mostly kill them on my blind side and it happens when I'm in the process of straightening out (when I can't see there )

Let me tell you guys my setup and perhaps you can diagnose a issue or perhaps even recommend a better set up :)

1. I approach the spots as close as I can safely get my truck to the spot. And always my truck is parallel with the parking spots.

2.i line my shoulder up with the driver side line of the parking spot , then I travel approximately 1 and half spaces ahead of my targeted spot , and line my shoulder in the middle of that one. (Some old guy told me this and it has made me more consistent , but perhaps you guys know something better )

3. I turn the wheel all the way to the right and travel until my truck is at 12 o clock. ( which I almost never get to do in a real situation because space is limited )

4. I turn the wheel hard left until the truck goes maybe about 9 o'clock and I can see my driver side tandem with reference to the driver side parking Line. At this point my truck is at a 45 degree angle . Sometimes slightly more sometimes slight less.

5. When I begin to back I crank the wheel hard right , to sharpen the angle in efforts to make my tandem aim for the driver side yellow line . Usually I go for my tandem right in the inside of it. (Which also makes me nervous because the back of my trailer at this point is 3-5 feet from hitting the passenger side yellow line/trailer )

6. I usually go as deep as I can without hitting anything of both sides.

7. When I begin to crank left and straighten up my trailer begins to swing right more and occasionally killing a Cone about half way to 3/4 deep in the box on the passenger or my trailer continues to swing and kills a cone on the driver side (but Usually I can avoid killing a driver side cone with a pull up.)

8. Get out of my truck and perform cpr on my cones or celebrate :D

One thing I've noticed so far that is that a good 50% of the time in angle backing at a typical truck stop a 45 degree setup isn't going to cut it most times and that a 90 degree set up is the best from me just watching other truckers park, and also doing it accidentally myself. How I did it accidentally was there was a empty row and I practiced on them and I did the set up above and I noticed that I instead of hitting the spot I wanted I hit the spot right before it . Rookies luck ! Lol

And another thing I've noticed is that when I try to ride the drivers side yellow line with my tandems sometimes that doesn't leave enough space to straighten out safely.

Well that's about it. I've tried to be as thorough and step by step as possible. All help and tips is appreciated guys!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Hurting Hands, Hurting for Advice

Hey guys , so I've been driving for a little over 6 months , and my hands are beginning to really hurt while driving now. the areas that hurt are the big fat muscles in the bottom and the under knuckle part. (the area on your open hand where your finger joints connect to the rest of the hand.

I use various grips on the wheel through out the day and try to switch grips every 10 min or so... but it doesn't help much. my hands started to hurt around the 4 month mark or my driving , before that point they didn't bother me at all.

I was going to buy a nice padded steering wheel grip the other day to seeif that helps , but a veteran driver I asked there told me that they are not worth it because they slide on the wheel and they are dangerous . is there any truth to this ? also did your hands ever hurt at some point and what was your remedy to stop them from hurting ? I am not interested in popping pain killers everyday just to combat this so any tips and advice that is not involving that is greatly appreciated

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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What am I getting into?

Well, I have 6 months of experience and I just left for Werner this morning. I was told 2 day orientation and I get my truck on Monday. But I'm sure there's more to it then that, so I'm just curious, anyone know how much bull**** I should look forward to?

I have only worked for one company . Swift for for 6 months . I don't know what it will be like at werner but I wish you good luck !

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Training time

What are the dot regulation on post trip times ? I normally log 7 to 10 min

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Werner?

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A trainer can't help you when they are asleep.

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That's SOP for many training companies. You get to captain the boat, make deliveries, the whole nine yards. On your own. Then your trainer keeps the goods moving while you get your Z's.

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3 weeks with the trainer in the passenger seat, ...

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There's your hands on. You drive, trainer trains.

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... and 4 weeks "team training"

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You da MAN for ten hours. Then you swap. This is exactly the setup at Swift's road training.

HuntinDoug, after your 7 weeks training this way you'll think you know it all. But when you go on your first pickup: you, your tractor, and that trailer, you'll feel a bit of "all alone-ness".

guys he's said he has 6 months experience with swift already . he already knows what it's like to be alone.

but I can second that feeling of feeling like you learned everything during training then when you hit solo it seems like you get amnesia and can't remember the most basic things.

but I am also curious, why did you leave swift?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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The worst thing about trucking

I don't mind waiting really...can't go anywhere once my 70 is low anyways. The most irritating thing so far is when 4-wheelers (especially pickups--they seem to think they are trucks for some reason) park in truck parking spots. Nothing more irritating when that's the only spot left!

oh god dude you nailed it! when I see that I immediately feel violent haha

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Breaking a company-sponsored training contract

Awww yeah my time to shine ! I have experience in this as I have gotten out of many bogus contracts in my day . my most famous including a title pawn ! lol

I am currently under contract with swift . I do not know for sure what a c.r England contract states but I bet it is similar. if you read the contract you are looking for is a what is called a non competitive agreement. what that is , it says that if you leave you can't work in the trucking industry for x amount of years . but unless c.r England is super tight I doubt they will have that in their contract .

what most company sponsored contracts deal with is the money they "spent to train you " and to make those weekly deductions out of your check until it is paid . if you leave early then the full amount of what left that you owe becomes due. if you can't pay it then it is reported on your credit , and they may go pursue you through a court if you don't pay it .

as far as any additional consequences would be lack of experience and no job . the tried and true advice to stay with your 1st company a year and for good reason . but a lot of company's will hire you with 6 months.

I graduated Swifts sponsored training class 545 . we had an initial group of 45. only 27 passed . and out off those 27 I know that 5 left swift the moment they got their cdl for another job . the only thing they had to do is just pay the fee or have it go on their credit . So that left us with 22 students . and I personally know 3 who left after a few months and got jobs else where . the only consequence is they just owe money.

don't feel trapped just because it is a "contract " . read it and I'm sure that you will find you have more options than you initially thought

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling stuck

there's a good chance you get it . go for it my man. I run reefer. yeah I log sleeper at customers or off duty if I'm the driver lounge. my my loads are drop and hook so for the 15-30min I'm there I log on duty. in speaking of logs I messed up mine a a week ago , and I have one more day before my full 8 days of perfect logs return! I'm so nervous about getting pulled over and getting busted for it. lol

oh idk if they told you this in training but always check your tag and registration. I got a ticket for that not too long ago and I was upset because I was never taught about that and it cost me a 115 ticket . it went on my record too for 0 points but still the fact is a ticket is a ticket to me.

but the job is a lot of fun. I just turned my passenger chair into a gaming chair by mounting my gaming monitor to the visor. and i have surround sound from it's the stereo . its sweet

my current issue is I have a damaged trailer (the inside of the door is messed up , but it is patched as if someone had already tried to fix it) and it was done before me . but when I called my dispatcher he told me to report it as an accident . no sir! I'm going to call the higher ups and see what the proper protocol is because no way I am getting blamed. nothing is going to ruin my accident free year haha

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling stuck

I haven't posted on here in a while, but things have been going pretty well. I finally completed all my training (with Swift) and got assigned my own truck a few weeks ago. It's been great to have the truck to myself and start seeing the country!

Here's where I'm feeling stuck though. While I don't have any restrictions on my license, my company training was in an automatic and that's all I'm allowed to drive with Swift. I actually think the automatics drive just fine and don't have any major issues with them, but I'm kinda concerned about what this might mean down the road for me (no pun intended). I'm very quickly waking up to the fact that this job doesn't pay as well as I originally thought, and it's a real possibility that after some time I might want to switch companies. I didn't even know about ltl and linehaul when I got into this, and I think eventually after some experience that might be a better fit for me. But if I only have experience driving an automatic, I'm afraid it might really limit my options.

Obviously, there's a real possibility I'll want to stay with Swift as I'll start getting quarterly bonuses and could land a sweet dedicated gig, but I'm trying to prepare for the alternative as well. I'm thinking about asking Swift if they could send me out with a mentor for another 50 hours in a manual. But even if they say yes, I don't know if I can afford that right now--I'm broke.

I just don't want to find myself with a year of class a driving experience that means nothing to certain companies because I can't pass a drive test in a manual. I know other companies are switching to automatics, not just Swift, so it's possible it won't matter that much in a year or so, but I still want to be comfortable driving manual just to widen my options.

Does anyone have any ideas of what I should do at this point to help keep my options open?

hey man I work for swift. went through the whole training program and everything . like Brett said as long as there are no restrictions that's good. and waiting around to gain experience for dedicated is not the only way. you have to network . my first day solo I got a dedicated account and a raise because I made Friends with my mentors friend and he put in a word for me and I got the account . try to be friendly with as many as the older guys as possible and you'll never know what you run into. Note I said make friends and not kiss up , I did not know the the guy I made friends with could help me lol

in fact I'm on my 2nd dedicated account because swift lost the contract on my first one.

I feel you on the pay. now that im on the new account (mid west regional &2nd week in ) my last 2 checks have been 300 or less. luckily I have some money saved . I definitely want to stay with swift as I only have 6 months left until my year is up , but if I keep getting checks like this I may have to really consider other options .

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Guys I need help after a bad week.

Deonte, I looked at my safety score the other day. Only one incident over the year. But I had to report on two backing crunches, and that speeding I mentioned.

on you swift safety score or the official csa/psp/dac?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Guys I need help after a bad week.

I agree Errol, I totally understand the safety hazard of going so fast in such a large (heavy) vehicle.

Was there a discussion on this scenario during orientation Deonte? Where the expectations communicated clearly prior to the event? I assume the possible repercussions of excessive speed are abundantly clear, but if Swift is relying on their devices without communicating the status-quo & training drivers with an expectation of performance without outlining the proper reponse to these types of scenarios (especially if you are a graduate of their program)...they have failed in their duty to you as a paying student.

no they made that clear I remember. I was just cruising listening to my jams and totally neglected my speed . my fault. certainly preventable.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Guys I need help after a bad week.

What do you mean tag for trailer are we talking plates or registration? Or both? If you loose your plate or don't have one have swift send you a temp witch is good for 45 days. Also if I have to drive to pick up a registrations I have them email me a copy so I at least I have an electronic copy this may or may not help you never had a dot office ask me when I was on my way to get as copy. As for your rsa score. No that is not reportable to dmv or any one else it's something swift use to gauge how much of a risk you are. The trailer bumping, might show up on your dac, but nothing else. Good luck I hope that helps.

I was cited for the trailer missing a tag. the having them email the registration is a good tip, it is certainly better than nothing! and I am relieved the rsa is a company thing then because I don't want my chances of getting hired to a new company after my year Is up to be jeopardized.

after the company policy violation and the no tag incident, It really has me cautious and drills home the point that I have to be on the ball because this is my lively hood .

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Guys I need help after a bad week.

In regards to the "speeding" and to answer Charlie's question, company trucks are governed at 62 mph because Swift safety has determined that is a safe operating speed, fast enough to not impede traffic (much) and slow enough to control the truck. That being said, it is definitely possible to exceed the governed speed by going downhill, if the hill is steep and long enough, and also depending on how much your load weighs. The engine brake can only slow you down so much, and its the driver's responsibility to keep an eye on the speedometer. If you are driving with cruise control on, if you are in a hilly area, set the cruise at 58 mph to help prevent those overspeeds.

I don't think the RA points can be reported, and your RA score will go down eventually. Negative points will roll off one per month for each month you don't have any RA dings. Also, as you saw, things like passing a DOT inspection, a positive road report, etc can also help lower the number. But at this point, your best bet is to make sure you are adhering to Swift policies, and wait it out.

In regards to the trailer with no registration, where were you picking it up from? The registration could be faxed or emailed to the shipper and printed out there, if they allow it. Just remember that checking the registration, tags, and inspection dates is part of the trailer pretrip. I've been driving for 4 years, and I still use my pretrip cheat sheet every day, checking off every item, to make sure I don't miss anything.

thanks for the info. I was picking it up from Sioux Falls, SD , Smithfield plant.

I didn't use the pre trip card because I drilled the whole inspection so hard during training. (the registration part was not part of the training ) but I'll use it from now on ,just to be more safe and sure. that was a good tip , thank you!

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